So that’s the worst thing I’ve ever gotten off Craigslist. The desk I acquired this weekend? Hands down the best.
I’m moving in with my partner in the Spring, and in her condo, I’ll be able to use the second bedroom as a studio space. I’ve been trawling Craigslist, Etsy, and Ebay for my dream work table, and fell head over heels with vintage drafting tables with flat file drawers. The few I found ran upwards of $1000 or more, but then I struck gold: a mid-century solid oak Hamilton with two regular drawers and six (six!) flat file drawers. The asking price was $450, I offered $375, and it was accepted. I simultaneously felt like I was stealing the desk out from under him and being foolhardily extravagant.
The challenge, though, was that the desk was 60 miles away, and I drive a Civic. Nikki and I explored various options, including renting a u-haul or renting a truck for the day. The most economical option, as it turns out, though, was to use her Enterprise Car Share account to rent a minivan. We were vaguely worried that it wouldn’t fit, but the whole desk is constructed with solid bolts and disassembled and reassembled with a single screwdriver more easily than anything I’ve ever bought from Ikea.
I love it. Love love love it. The desk is largely in great shape, but shows some wear. Please forgive me the hastily snapped cell phone picture, because I intend to take plenty of glamor shots during the restoration process. I plan on sanding it down, re-staining it, updating the hardware and purchasing a large cutting mat for the top. I’m itching to get started, but the project has to wait a little.
In other REALLY BIG NEWS, we’re re-doing the kitchen. Starting MONDAY! This project is progressing much quicker than anticipated. It requires some structural and electrical modifications, most significantly replacing the awful drop ceilings with drywall, so we’re working with a contractor. We got some recommendations, found someone we liked and were nailing down a start date in mid to late April and then the contractor bailed. So back at square one, we started the estimate process again, found someone that we love, but realized we’d have to start pretty much immediately. Expect a lot more updates on that project in the coming weeks, and in the meantime, here is Nik, staining our new butcher block counters: